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Budget response

PlaceShapers have stressed the need for affordable homes to house people helped out of homelessness.

PlaceShapers chair Sinéad Butters said: “We are all concerned about the growing levels of homelessness. We welcome any investment that alleviates the misery of those who find themselves sleeping rough. However it cannot be seen in isolation. Once people are able to move on from the ‘second stage accommodation’, there is a desperate need for affordable homes from which they can rebuild their lives.”

In today's Budegt, the Chancellor announced new funding to tackle homelessness:

  •  £100 million to deliver low-cost ‘second stage’ accommodation for rough sleepers leaving hostel accommodation and domestic abuse victims and their families moving on from refuges. This will provide at least 2,000 places to enable independent living for vulnerable households and individuals, freeing up hostels and refuges for those in most acute need
  • £10 million over two years to support and scale up innovative ways to prevent and reduce rough sleeping, particularly in London, building on the success of the No Second Night Out initiative
  • Double the funding for the Rough Sleeping Social Impact Bond announced at the Autumn Statement 2015 from £5 million to £10 million, to drive innovative ways of tackling entrenched rough sleeping, including ‘Housing First’ approaches
  • Action to increase the number of rough sleeping EU migrants returning to their home countries. Building on the success of the Operation Adoze pilot, the government will roll out a new approach in which immigration officials work with Local Authorities and outreach workers to connect rough sleepers to services that can return them home.

PlaceShapers built or acquired almost 13,000 new homes across all tenures in 14/15 alone. More than 26,000 new homes are in the pipeline for the next three years.

Sinead Butters

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